JaguarRSR BACK ON TRACK IN UTAH
EAST LANSING, Michigan (July 8, 2010) - The JaguarRSR team returns to American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón competition after a six week break since the last event in Monterrey, California. After working out issues that occurred during the team's last run at Le Mans, the return to competition is anticipated by both team and drivers as they gear up for Round 4 at Miller Motorsports Park, July 9-11.
Until Petit Le Mans, the remainder of the races will be 2 hours and 45 minutes. The driver lineup for this weekend's ALMS GT event for JaguarRSR will be regulars Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel. Both drivers have had their share of experience in sportscar competition at the Tooele, Utah venue. The course has four possible configurations: East, West, Full, and Perimeter course. The duo has experienced the Full Course previously while competing in the Grand-Am series, but this weekend will give them a new challenge as the ALMS is scheduled to run the Perimeter course. The 3.06-mile course (also called the Outer Course) eliminates the infield section and is one of the fastest track layouts in North America.
This will be Goossens fourth start at Miller Motorsports Park and he has one win under his belt from 2007 in the Grand-Am Series. Dalziel will also be making his fourth start, his best finish was second - finishing runner up to now teammate Goossens in 2007.
The RSR team recently competed at Miller Motorsports Park for the first time a few weeks ago running a two-car effort in the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series. That resulted in a podium finish with Tomy Drissi taking second. in a Jaguar XKR The team hopes to carry that momentum over to the Jaguar GT program as they continue to get up to speed with the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT. This weekend will mark the XKR GT's sixth start.
The team will take to the track on Friday as part of the Promoter Test Day before the race weekend officially kicks off on Saturday, July 10. There will be two practice sessions on Saturday before qualifying at 2:55 p.m. MDT for the GT and GTC classes. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix takes the green flag at 2:35 p.m. local time.
WHAT THE DRIVERS HAVE TO SAY
Ryan Dalziel, co-Driver of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT
"I love Miller Motorsports Park and I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT again. We had a really difficult time in France and I know the team has put in many late nights making sure that things run smoothly in Utah. I know we are getting really close to where we ultimately want to see the Jaguar, and that's at the front of the field. I have had mixed success at Miller Motorsports Park in previous years. My first year there was in 2006 and we retired out of the lead with a suspension failure. My engineer that race was actually Burke Harrison who is the JaguarRSR race engineer this year, so I know he knows what it takes to be fast around there. 2007 saw a second place finish to my Jaguar RSR teammate, Marc Goossens, so hopefully our combined experience around there can get us up front."
Marc Goossens, co-Driver of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT
"I look forward to a new challenge at Miller Motorsports Park, not only driving the Perimeter Course, but doing so in the Jaguar XKR GT. The grip level is not very high at this track, so during the practice sessions we will be doing a lot of work on finding mechanical grip because we don't want too much areo on the car because of the long straightaways. It is very typical for any given track; we need to get track time, build on lap times, and try to make our tire work by finding the right mechanical balance. It is going to be the same challenge for everybody, I don't think a lot are going to find good grip in the beginning of sessions, but towards the end of the weekend there will be more layers of rubber on the track and life becomes a little easier. We have as much of a chance as anyone else if we can get up to speed early on, and each time we get out there we make gains. I am looking forward to a positive weekend so we can keep moving forward with the XKR GT and towards the front of the field."
FOLLOW THE RACE
The Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix from Miller Motorsports Park is a 2 hour and 45 minute race set for 2:35 p.m. MDT on Sunday, July 11. SPEED will broadcast the event live from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, July 11. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche - a production of Radio Show Limited - as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.
International coverage: MotorsTV - tape delayed on Sunday, July 18 beginning at 4:45 pm (UK); 5:45 pm CET.